- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island authorities say a Wisconsin man who provided a DNA sample after being arrested on drug charges has been linked to a 1999 rape.

State Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced Friday that a grand jury has indicted 48-year-old Leonard Murphy of Watertown, Wisconsin, on four counts of rape.

Authorities say Murphy raped a woman in Newport in July 1999. The victim went to Newport Hospital, where a DNA sample was collected for a sexual assault evidence kit.

Authorities were notified in March that the sample was matched to Murphy, who was required to provide a DNA sample after being arrested on drug charges in Wisconsin.

Murphy is being held without bail in Rhode Island. His response to the allegations isn’t known. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer.


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